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20th Sheehan Classic in Red Bank to be Held June 15

first_imgRED BANK – The 20th anniversary 2013 George Sheehan Classic with its popular 5K (3.1 mile) distance as its main event, is set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15.More than 2,500 runners are expected to participate in what is known as one of the Jersey Shore’s most renowned road races. Preregistration is still available, and the 5K is filling up quickly. The race is limited to 3,000 entrants.The race committee has had a great deal of community feedback over the years that running 5 miles was just a little too long for the everyday runner, and that sometimes the heat in June can be a factor. In response, it was decided last year that the 5K distance is the right match for the entire family to participate, either by racing or walking the scenic course.This year will be the 20th running of the event in Red Bank. The George Sheehan Classic began in 1981 as the Asbury Park 10K Classic and quickly became one of the major road running events on the national calendar. The race moved to Red Bank in 1994 and was renamed to honor the memory of Dr. George Sheehan, the prominent author, philosopher and area physician. “The Doc” has been called the “father of the running boom” in the United States.The Sheehan family is planning a release of a new book of his life’s work next year to commemorate the 20th year of his passing.As part of the Sheehan Classic, the Friday evening Kids’ Classic will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 14. It’s a series of children’s races of various distances – from toddler to age 13. Kids will be treated to face painting, characters and treats from area establishments like Smoothie King and Sugarush. Free entertainment will accompany the kids’ races at the Runner’s Expo Village, on the banks of the Navesink. The expo is open from 2 to 8:30 p.m.The main race will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15. Event finishers enjoy a picnic breakfast in the park, followed by a popular post-race block party at 10:30 with music and an awards ceremony.More than $2,500 in prize money will be distributed in the 5- kilometer run to top five overall finishers, top New Jersey finishers and age-category winners.The race is part of the Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix, sponsored by McLoone’s. It’s a series of races that offers prize money to overall and age category winners. The five events are: Spring Lake 5, George Sheehan Classic, Belmar 5, Asbury Park 5K and Pier House 5K.For Sheehan Classic information and registration, call the event hotline 732-571-2162 or check the website at read more

Granite Pointe opens driving range; course ready for play Wednesday

first_imgGranite Pointe General Manager Dave Belling said the driving range and pro shop will open Saturday for players to get a head start on the season.Belling, said the 18-hole 6,209 yard, par 72 track will be open for play Wednesday as well as the rest of facilities at the Rosemont based track.The season is already lining up to be a great one at Granite Pointe.Some of the highlight tournaments include the Save-on-Foods Children’s Hospital event, Nelson Rotary Cup and Granite Pointe Corporate Cup.This season Granite Pointe, already blessed with a vibrant Junior program, is hosting more than 140 elite golfers under the age of 16 years at the BC Amateur Golf 2017 BC Juvenile Championships August 15-18. It’s time for golfer to dust of the clubs as Granite Pointe at Nelson is getting ready to open for the 2017 season.last_img read more

Upcountry Basketball Tourney March 13

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) in collaboration with the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA) has finally fixed the date for the 2014/2015 Upcountry Basketball Tournament for Tuesday, March 13 to Friday, March 16, 2015.The four-day basketball festival would be held at the auditorium of the William V.S. Tubman-Gray United Methodist High School in Gbarnga, Bong County.Assistant Sports Minister Murvee Gray told the Daily Observer yesterday that the tourney would bring six schools from four counties.They are Gboveh High School, the William V.S. Tuman-Gray United Methodist High School and the St. Martin Lutheran High School in Bong County. The rest are the Brooker Washington Institute (BWI) in Margibi County; St. Mary’s Catholic School in Nimba County and the Voinjama Multilateral High School in Lofa County.Minister Gray said the tourney is usually held in November since its re-launch in 2012, but it was decided for March to be considered as a joint festival having been unsuccessful last year November, owing to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).“The reduction of participating schools in this year’s tourney is because of lack of funds,” Ministry Gray said.Ebola preventive measures would be part of a one-day clinical basketball seminar to be held the weekend to the commencement of the festival, Asst. Minister Gray averred.It may be recalled that in 2013 Margibi-based   Booker Washington Institute (BWI) whipped Ganta United Methodist High School 50-47 to win the reactivated Championship at the William V.S Tubman Gray United Methodist High School Gymnasium in Gbarnga City.Ganta United Methodist of Nimba County lost the gigantic trophy last year when they suffered similar defeat at the hands of St. Martin High School in 2012. The competition was initiated in the 1970s to help promote the game among high schools in the central region, which at the time comprised of Bong, Lofa and Nimba Counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘We won’t get prizes for possession, we need goals!’ Hodgson on Iceland game

first_img Roy Hodgson takes England training ahead of the last 16 match with Iceland 1 Roy Hodgson has warned his England team that failure to start converting chances into goals will see them crash out of Euro 2016.The Three Lions were on the offensive for large periods of their three group games, but drew against Russia and Slovakia after failing to capitalise on their perceived dominance, and needed a last gasp goal to see off Wales.That meant England finished runners up in the group, setting up a showdown with Iceland in the round of 16 on Monday night.And Hodgson made clear that the time for talk about scoring goals is about to end.“I’m happy with the work they’re doing,” Hodgson said of his attackers. “I am just unhappy that the dominance is not leading to the goals.“Obviously we have to be better in that area and everyone knows it because if we don’t score goals we can’t continue in the competition. It’s no good.“You don’t get prizes for possession, you don’t get prizes for the most corners, you don’t get prizes for having the best of the play. You get prizes if you win.“And really our performance against Wales was no better than our performance against Slovakia or Russia.“Arguably in many areas it perhaps wasn’t even as good. But we won so that was a great game and the other two were bad games. That’s how it is. We know that.“And now it’s very simple: if we don’t win now, we go home. So we had better start making sure we score our goalscoring chances.”last_img read more


first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. Club The €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 20 were Eamonn Gorrell, 22 Ardeskin Heights and Damien Timoney, Castle Street. The numbers drawn were 2, 9, 14 & 17 with the jackpot now standing at €3,100.  The Senior Board AGM is scheduled for Friday December 28th @ 8.00 pm in Dom’s Pier 1. Nomination Forms will be circulated to adult club members early next week. GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: November 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgThe Let Me, Be Me! Campaign to preserve specialist pre-school services for children in Donegal stepped up a notch on Monday morning when a Threshold of Decency Statement was presented to and signed by over 40 public representatives at a meeting of Donegal County Council in Lifford. Oran Nibbs and Francis Grant arrived with their parents to see County Councillors sign the pledge to ensure that the HSE reverse their proposal to close St Agnes Special Needs Pre-School in Donegal Town next year and Ballaghderg Special Needs Pre-School in 2015. Photo Clive WassonThe Let Me, Be Me! Campaign to preserve specialist pre-school services for children in Donegal stepped up a notch yesterday when a Threshold of Decency Statement was presented to and signed by over 40 public representatives at a meeting of Donegal County Council in Lifford. Oran Nibbs and Francis Grant arrived with their parents to see County Councillors sign the pledge to ensure that the HSE reverse their proposal to close St Agnes Special Needs Pre-School in Donegal Town next year and Ballaghderg Special Needs Pre-School in 2015.Avril McMonagle, Manager of Donegal County Childcare said the Threshold of Decency Statement is an important point of reference as it clearly outlines both a shared threshold position statement between Donegal public representatives and an agreed call for action on a number of key areas. Avril McMonagle and incoming Mayor Ian McGarvey“The shared consensus across all political parties on this issue has been very encouraging and we appreciate the interest and support which the campaign has generated’.Avril highlights that in theory no one is against the principle of inclusion and believes that children should be educated alongside their peers in so far as is practically possible.However, there will always be a small number of children who will never be able to attend mainstream pre-school services.The closure of specialist pre-schools will lead to home care being the only option for this group of children, she added. ‘This is a fundamental breech of a child’s right to education to enable him or her to reach their full potential. As a society with standards of decency, we cannot allow balancing budgets to take precedence over the basic human rights of our most vulnerable citizens’ she said.Avril said that although HSE West are citing national Government policy as the rationale for this proposal, we should remain cognisant of the fact that this particular decision has been made in Donegal and therefore can be reversed in Donegal.The Threshold of Decency Statement will be presented to the HSE Donegal Area Manager this week and the next steps in the campaign will be determined by his response. DONEGAL’S LET ME BE ME CAMPAIGN GATHERS MOMENTUM was last modified: June 25th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Avril McMonagleDonegal County ChildcareLet Me Be Melast_img read more


first_imgThe HSE, in partnership with other organisations and community and voluntary groups is developing a Suicide Prevention Action Plan for County Donegal.Although lots of good work is going on in the county, there is still much that can be done to promote mental health, prevent further suicide deaths and support those who are bereaved.A key part of the development of an action plan is providing an opportunity for as many people as possible to have their say regarding what should be included. “We believe that suicide prevention is everyone’s business and we all need to be aware of what we can do individually and as part of our community to promote mental health and reduce suicide” said Maire O’Leary, HSE Social Inclusion Manager who is part of the team preparing the local action plan.“We have arranged a number of consultation workshops that will take place in September across Donegal. Everyone is welcome to come along to a workshop to find out more about the plan and to share their thoughts and ideas on what we need to consider. We are also distributing postcards to Health Centres, libraries, Family Resource Centres, council Public Service Centres and other locations which have two questions we would like people to respond to, and we have the same questions on an online survey at, so that people can also give us their feedback online if they prefer.” she concluded.Anne Sheridan, Suicide Resource Officer for the HSE explained “The National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) is currently working to develop a national suicide prevention framework on behalf of the Department of Health. This will build on prevention measures and reduce the risk factors for suicidal behaviour. We are working alongside the NOSP to prepare our own local action plan specifically for Donegal. There are a number of actions that will be coordinated at a national level which will support what we decide to do locally.“We have a great team leading the project with members from all sectors of the county, including Bereavement Support groups, the Gardai, GPs, Coroners, Donegal County Council, and Donegal Youth Service, community, sports and arts organisations and various services within the HSE. This wide membership will ensure that the action plan will take account of the range of groups, organisations and services that can work together to prevent suicide. While we may not be able to include all suggestions in the plan we will definitely take account of the ideas we get. We will review all suggestions taking account of relevant evidence and the NOSP actions to develop our county action plan.” The HSE is asking for the people and communities of Donegal to take part in this important consultation process.Don’t forget you can:drop into a workshop;fill in a postcardor take the online survey at Your input could make the difference to your local community, family and friends.Workshops will take place at the following locations:Area Date and Time VenueInishowen Monday 15 September, 11am –1pm Carndonagh Public Service Centre Letterkenny, Fanad&Rosguill Thursday 18 September, 6.30 – 9pm Regional Cultural Centre, LetterkennyNorth West Donegal Monday 22 September, 6.30 – 9pm GarradhCholmcille, FalcarraghEast Donegal Tuesday 23 September, 2 – 4pm LiffordClonleigh Resource Centre, LiffordSouth Donegal Monday 29 September, 6.45 – 9pm Donegal Town Family Resource CentreThe online survey can be accessed at TO DEVELOP SUICIDE PREVENTION ACTION PLAN FOR DONEGAL was last modified: September 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:consultation plandonegalHSESUICIDElast_img read more

Europe confronts Spanish Champions League hegemony

first_imgReal Madrid and Barcelona have lifted Big Ears in seven of the last ten years – a throwback to yesteryear when Iberian Peninsula sides Real Madrid and Benfica won all the first seven editions of the European Cup.With AC Milan (1963), then Helenio Herrera’s Inter Milan conquering Europe in the next two years; and Los Blancos recapturing the crown in 1966, no team outside Southern Europe was able to lord over the continent until Jock Stein’s Celtic did so in 1967- a whole eleven years after the tournament’s inception.A collision of football philosophies provides the spectacular lead act when the Uefa Champions League resumes Tuesday night. Over the last decade, Latin flair has assumed ascendancy over the spirit driven British bull dog approach, puritan Dutch vision and German methodical modus operandi, leading to near total Spanish hegemony over Europe’s elite club competition.Commercialism/cosmopolitanism within the beautiful game implies soccer philosophies can no longer be defined by counties of origin. Today’s Group F clash between English champions Manchester City and German upstarts Hoffenheim best illustrates the evolution of European football.City coach Pep Guardiola created the Barcelona side that won three Champions League crowns playing a hitherto unseen tiki taka brand of football. But his City side plays a hybrid game, not dissimilar to the one espoused by Hoffenheim’s revolutionary young coach Julian Nagelsmann.Thus, when City face Hoffenheim tonight, it will be a monumental clash between present and future. Matter of fact, the full pitch pressing, high lines and gung-ho football that will be the name of the game in the sleepy German town, are likely to be replicated across Europe.The Group E clash between five time champions Bayern Munich and four time winners Ajax Amsterdam is one of the highlight fixtures. Following a loss of domestic form that has seen the Bavarians take only one out of six available Bundesliga points, new Bayern Munich boss Robert Kovac expects his Red Devils to return to winning ways against an Ajax side driven by the prolific form of Klaas Huntelaar, Frankie de Jong and Dusan Tadic.For Manchester City, along with Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Paris Saint Germain, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are the six other European clubs capable of challenging Barcelona and Real Madrid for this year’s crown.Reigning champions Real Madrid are in equally patch form going into Tuesday night’s Group G game at CSKA Moscow. The record 13-time champions looked short upfront in falling 0-3 to Seville and drawing 0-0 with Atletico Madrid in the derby.At Old Trafford, ears will be firmly on the ground to detect any sign of a player mutiny threatening to end Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United tenure. Nothing less than victory over Valencia in this Group H clash can assuage growing disquiet among United faithful who have seen their side fail to win any of their last three competitive fixtures.However, all the attention tomorrow is at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples where one of the Champions League’s most decorated managers – Carlo Ancelotti (a four time winner), goes head to head with Jurgen Klopp’s relentless five time winners Liverpool in a Group C collision of titans.After smelling the coffee by reaching last year’s final, the Kop are being tipped as ready to win their first trophy since Rafa Benitez guided his team of journeymen to success in Istanbul twelve years ago.Tottenham Hotspur’s dodgy record at Wembley Stadium comes under further scrutiny for the visit of the mighty Barcelona. Just like they did in upending Real Madrid last season, Spurs are expected to carry the ‘Rest of Europe’ flag with distinction in this Group B encounter.Fixtures:Tuesday.Group F: Hoffenheim v Manchester City, Olympique Lyon v Shakhtar DoneskGroup H: Manchester United v Valencia, Juventus v Young BoysGroup E: Bayern Munich v Ajax Amsterdam, AEK Athens v BenficaGroup G: CSKA Moscow v Real Madrid,   AS Roma v Victoria PlzenWednesday.Group C: Napoli v Liverpool, Paris Saint Germain v Red Star BelgradeGroup A: Atletico Madrid v Club Brugge, Borussia Dortmund v MonacoGroup B: Tottenham Hotspur v Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven v Inter MilanGroup D: FC Porto v Galatasaray, Locomotiv Moscow v SchalkeComments Tags: topuefa champions leaguelast_img read more

Human Face Book Is Customized

first_imgMake a face.  How do you make a face?  We are all made with faces that can make unique facial expressions, thanks to unique combinations of subcutaneous muscles.  Nature News said that humans have unique faceprints of 16 common expression-making muscles.    We all have the same 5 subcutaneous muscles that can make us look angry, happy, surprised, afraid, sad and disgusted.  But we have different combinations of 11 more muscles that allow us each to have our own idiosyncratic facial expressions.  This was announced by researchers who examined 18 Caucasian cadavers.  It means that all humans can express shared emotions important for social communication, but each of us can add our own nuance.    One of the researchers speculated that this can be explained in evolutionary terms.  Humans have been selected to communicate the same basic emotions, he said, but have differences to allow for creating relationships within social groups.  He did not explain why this strategy never occurred to social bees, ants, schooling fish and flocks of birds.We’ll just ignore that little evolutionary fable with an expression of disgust and move right along.  Facial expression is one of many unique traits among humans who were created like animals in many ways but with special features to express an inner spirit made in the image of God: intellect, emotions, will, love, personality, and faith.  To communicate our rationality, we needed a voice apparatus appropriate for the sophisticated nuances of human language.  For combined spiritual and physical intimacy, we needed skin instead of hair.  For face-to-face communication and stewardship, we needed upright posture.  For work, we needed hands with opposable thumbs.  None of these is quite the window of the spirit as a person’s unique countenance.    We have the most versatile bodies and faces in nature appropriate for accountable souls.  Think of the importance of facial expressions in comedy sitcoms, vocal solos, plays and movies; visualize the clown or mime using faces to get a laugh.  Perhaps you have taken a silly family photo with everyone making funny faces.  Even humor is a gift of God.  Chimpanzees and dogs and parrots can seem to comprehend fun, but try to tell them a joke, and no comprendo.  Human laughter and a hearty smile is a joy of life that only spirits operating physical equipment can fully understand and appreciate.    We have more equipment than needed to just eat and survive because we have a special role in God’s creation: to be His stewards, to love Him, and to love one another.  Facial expression is an intrinsic part of our unique ability to relate to one another visually and verbally.  That we each have unique faces and combinations of facial muscles fits the description of humans being unique individuals with a special role in the world.  Look at one penguin and you’ve seen them all.  Same for prairie dogs, antelope, honeybees, wildebeest, flamingos and any other wild social animal.  Though specialists can tell them apart, other primates have limited diversity and expressivity on their faces.  They can curl their lips into funny ways, and bare their teeth and scream, but have you ever seen a chimpanzee with an expression of altruistic love, faith, thoughtful contemplation, solemnity, gratitude or inner joy?    The variety of human faces, though, is astonishing: just look at the faces of any crowd on the street or in a public event.  And the number of expressions you can contort your face into in front of a mirror is equally astonishing.  We often remember a face when we cannot remember a name.  We can pick easily out faces we know from hundreds of strangers in a yearbook.  Faces are put on “Wanted” posters.   We normally take pictures of ourselves that emphasize our faces.  Magazines and newspapers (except for certain kinds) concentrate on the faces of people in the news.  We normally take pictures of people to emphasize their faces.  This makes sense if we are individual created souls distinct from the animals.  It makes no sense in evolutionary terms, or else you would see extreme facial diversity and expressivity all over the animal kingdom.  What other animal invented FaceBook?  The face is the interface for rational and emotional communication.  “Face it, we’re all different” said the Nature News article.  Yes indeed, Nature, face up to it.  We can make faces because He made our faces.  Go smile at someone and start a spiritual communication.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more